How Rex Patrick voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should create a national integrity commission similar to the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) to detect, investigate and prevent corruption across all Commonwealth departments and agencies

Division Rex Patrick Supporters vote Division outcome

15th Jun 2020, 4:21 PM – Senate Motions - National Integrity Commission Bill 2018 (No. 2) - Seek House consent to deal with bill this month

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Queensland Senator Larissa Waters (Greens), which means it was successful

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Senate passed the Australian Greens' National Integrity Commission Bill 2018 (No. 2) on 9 September 2019 to establish a federal corruption watchdog with broad remit to investigate allegations of corruption and misconduct, and to ensure strong, independent oversight of the actions of parliamentarians,

(ii) the National Integrity Commission Bill 2018 (No. 2) was sent to the House of Representatives for debate on 10 September 2019, but has yet to be debated,

(iii) on 10 February 2020, the Senate resolved to call on the House to vote on the National Integrity Commission Bill 2018 (No. 2),

(iv) the Government ignored this call and has prevented all attempts to debate and vote on the National Integrity Commission Bill 2018 (No. 2) in the House,

(v) public consultation on the Commonwealth Integrity Commission model proposed by the Government ended nearly eighteen months ago, but the Government has yet to introduce legislation to establish an integrity commission,

(vi) in May 2020, the Attorney-General said that legislation to establish a Commonwealth Integrity Commission would be further delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, despite an exposure draft being "ready for release", and

(vii) polls consistently show that the majority of Australians support the establishment of a strong national integrity body;

(b) calls on the Federal Government to bring on the National Integrity Commission Bill 2018 (No. 2) in the House of Representatives for a vote in the June 2020 sittings; and

(c) transmits this resolution to the House of Representatives for concurrence.

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

11th Feb 2020, 4:24 PM – Senate Motions - Commonwealth Integrity Commission - Matter of priority

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by NT Senator Malarndirri McCarthy (Labor), which means it passed. Motions like these don't make any legal changes on their own but are politically influential because they represent the will of the Senate.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) that the Morrison Government committed to implement a Commonwealth Integrity Commission (CIC) on 13 December 2018,

(ii) that it has been 424 days since that commitment and the Morrison Government has still failed to introduce legislation to establish the body, and

(iii) reports that the Member for Wide Bay, Mr Llew O'Brien, has called for the proposed federal anti-corruption body to be given "more strenuous, stronger" powers;

(b) calls on the Attorney-General, Mr Porter, to revise his proposed anti- corruption commission to give it the powers, independence and transparency it needs to effectively combat corruption in the federal sphere; and

(c) calls on the Federal Government to introduce legislation on the CIC as a matter of priority.

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

10th Feb 2020, 7:58 PM – Senate Motions - National Integrity Commission Bill 2018 (No. 2) - Send to House of Representatives

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Queensland Senator Larissa Waters (Greens), which means it was successful.

Motion text

(1) That the Senate notes that:

(a) the Senate passed the Australian Greens' National Integrity Commission Bill 2018 (No. 2) on 9 September 2019 to establish a federal corruption watchdog with broad remit to investigate allegations of corruption and misconduct, and to ensure strong, independent oversight of the actions of parliamentarians; and

(b) public consultation on the Commonwealth Integrity Commission model proposed by the Government ended more than one year ago, but the Government has yet to introduce legislation to establish an integrity commission,

(2) That the Senate calls on the Federal Government to bring on the Australian Greens' National Integrity Commission Bill 2018 (No. 2) in the House of Representatives for a vote in the February 2020 sittings.

(3) That this resolution be sent to the House of Representatives for concurrence.

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

9th Sep 2019, 11:50 AM – Senate National Integrity Commission Bill 2018 (No. 2) - Third Reading - Pass the bill

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to pass the bill. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read the bill for a third time. This means that the bill will now be sent to the House for their consideration.

What is the bill's main idea?

The bill was introduced in order to establish an independent public sector anti-corruption commission for the Commonwealth, to be known as the Australian National Integrity Commission.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

9th Sep 2019, 11:41 AM – Senate National Integrity Commission Bill 2018 (No. 2) - Second Reading - Agree with bill's main idea

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to agree with the bill's main idea. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read the bill for a second time.

What is the bill's main idea?

The bill was introduced in order to establish an independent public sector anti-corruption commission for the Commonwealth, to be known as the Australian National Integrity Commission.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

13th Sep 2018, 12:23 PM – Senate Motions - International Day of Democracy - Corruption and donations

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The majority voted against a motion that called for, among other things, a federal anti-corruption agency to be created as well as certain political donations to be banned.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) 15 September 2018 is International Day of Democracy,

(ii) Australia's democracy faces systemic challenges in the corrupting influence of political donations and the under-representation of minorities in decision-making positions, and

(iii) Australia's Parliament does not reflect the composition of the Australian population in terms of gender or cultural diversity; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to:

(i) ban corporate donations from industries with a history of undue influence in Australia's Parliament, such as mining, development, tobacco, alcohol and gambling,

(ii) withdraw proposed electoral funding legislation that restricts the ability of civil society to advocate in the public interest,

(iii) take measures to increase the participation of women and people from minority backgrounds in Australia's political systems, and

(iv) urgently establish a national anti-corruption body with investigative powers to address parliamentary and ministerial misconduct.

Yes Yes Not passed by a modest majority

11th Sep 2018, 3:46 PM – Senate Motions - National Independent Commission Against Corruption - Create

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Larissa Waters, which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) recognises:

(i) the notion that the Federal Government is less prone to corruption than its counterparts is not supported by evidence,

(ii) that the potential risks for corruption at a national level have increased significantly in recent years due to several factors including, but not limited to, increased government control of information, increased funding needs of political campaigns and the growth of the lobbying industry,

(iii) that these risks are not currently being adequately mitigated through offence provisions, public sector standards or supervision by various regulatory bodies, and

(iv) that, in the most recent Corruption Perceptions Index, Australia was ranked 13th out of 168 countries;

(b) notes that:

(i) a national independent commission against corruption should be established,

(ii) this independent commission should be called the National Independent Commission Against Corruption (NICAC), and

(iii) NICAC should follow the recommendations of Griffith University, namely, that the national commission act as a peak body through which all Commonwealth integrity and corruption complaints can be lodged; and

(c) calls on the Federal Government to begin the implementation of NICAC as soon as possible, so that all Australians can have confidence in the integrity of their Parliament, government and public institutions.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

How "voted very strongly for" is worked out

The MP's votes count towards a weighted average where the most important votes get 50 points, less important votes get 10 points, and less important votes for which the MP was absent get 2 points. In important votes the MP gets awarded the full 50 points for voting the same as the policy, 0 points for voting against the policy, and 25 points for not voting. In less important votes, the MP gets 10 points for voting with the policy, 0 points for voting against, and 1 (out of 2) if absent.

Then, the number gets converted to a simple english language phrase based on the range of values it's within.

No of votes Points Out of
Most important votes (50 points)      
MP voted with policy 3 150 150
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 4 40 40
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 190 190

*Pressure of other work means MPs or Senators are not always available to vote – it does not always indicate they have abstained. Therefore, being absent on a less important vote makes a disproportionatly small difference.

Agreement score = MP's points / total points = 190 / 190 = 100%.

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